25 March 2022

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Year 11 pupil has a passion for fashion and is following her dreams! 

Year 11, Eleanor, has independently attended a Fashion & Business course for the last five Saturdays at UCLan and has secured a coveted place at the Rare School of Fashion & Art in Liverpool. 

Priory’s Head of Technology, Mrs Lawe, also adapted the graphics course to fit in with Eleanor’s talent for textiles. 

“Fashion is just amazing,” said Eleanor. “I have always loved it since I was in primary school and it’s something I have wanted to go into since then. I love Vivienne Westwood and her flamboyance. I have my great-grandma’s sewing machine at home and that’s what I work with. 

“I have been attending a course at UCLan for the last five Saturdays. I saw it advertised and decided to give it a go.  It was based on a brief, developing ideas for a sustainable denim campaign, and my group came up with designs and then we made an upcycled garment. It’s a corset top and skirt with pearls and it will be exhibited at UCLan on March 31st.” 

Eleanor is excited about securing a place at the School of Fashion & Art in Liverpool. 

“I looked into colleges and got asked for an interview and took my portfolio over. I was really pleased to get a place. My dream is to go to London School of Fashion or St Martin’s in London.” 

She has praised Priory teacher Mrs Lawe for adapting the curriculum for her to pursue her talent. 

“We changed the project from History of Graphics to History of Fashion and it allowed me to make a garment, I got a 1960s Vogue pattern and made a dress.” 

Mrs Lawe said: “Eleanor is very talented and we adapted the course for her. We made it more textiles-related with fabric prints and garment construction. Eleanor has worked independently and has been brilliant in following her dreams. She has organised her own portfolio, researched and applied for colleges and courses herself and we think she will go far.” 

Look out for Eleanor at London Fashion Week in the future!

UCLan’s Saturday Clubs in Art & Design and Fashion & Business are open to pupils from age 13 to 16.  Both clubs offer engaging creative workshops exploring various art, design, fashion and textiles processes. Membership is free but there are limited places available.  To find out more, go to >> www.uclan.ac.uk/events/saturday-club

For further information about the Saturday Club exhibition where Eleanor’s work will be displayed,  go to>> 


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